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Biotechnology & Posthumanism

Never Let Me Go. By Kazuo Ishiguro.

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

January-February 2021

The world Ishiguro describes is not some far-flung future driven by fantastic technology still on the distant horizon; it is recognizable as our own.

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Gulliver’s Travels. By Jonathan Swift.

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

December 2020

Swift’s struldbrugs inspire consideration of the abiding human passion to prolong life indefinitely. But by losing our mortality, do we also lose our humanity?

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On Nurturing Man’s Spiritual Relationship with Technology

SEARCHING FOR WARMTH IN A COLD, MECHANICAL WORLD

Christopher M. Reilly

November 2020

Technology cannot erase our humanity. We will find a way to live and even flourish in a world saturated with technology.

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Briefly Reviewed: June 2020
June 2020

Here we review Cyborg Mind: What Brain-Computer and Mind-Cyberspace Interfaces Mean for Cyberneuroethics.

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A “Deeper Understanding” of the Priesthood?

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

November 2019

No temporal or civilizational events can override the sacramental necessity of the Catholic priesthood’s being reserved to men.

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Finding Security Behind Closed Doors

CULTURAL COUNTERPOINT

Jason M. Morgan

December 2018

The sexbot is a tool that uses us and mocks our weakness. It is a vision of Hell: inhuman, ruthless, mendacious, comfortless, and cold.

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On Man's Many Attempts to "Kill Death"

SALVATION IN SCIENCE? TRIUMPH IN TECHNOLOGY?

John Lyon

April 2017

Man's passion to redress his felt grievances against nature becomes, as the Marquis de Sade showed us, a desire simply to outrage nature.

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Are We Living in Georges Bernanos's Utilitarian Nightmare?

MECHANIZATION AS TOTALITARIANIZATION

John Lyon

November 2016

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Breaking the Species Barrier

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

December 2012

Major decisions about the future of society are made by secular elites who speak and act as if God did not exist, but who usurp His divine power and wield it over the rest of us.

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The Bioethics of Fertility & Gender

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

July-August 2012

The Church stands as a bulwark against sexual madness, insisting that sexual identity is a permanent “biological reality informed by a rational soul in each person.”

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Gurus of a Post-Human Age

GARRETT HARDIN & JAMES RACHELS

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

January-February 2012

The influence of post-humanist academics reveals how completely the secular academic world has embraced the culture of death.

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Can Thomism Save Science?

SCIENCE & CULTURE -- PART 2

Murray S. Daw

November 2009

No longer capable of the clear perception of order, goodness, and intelligibility, our culture has reduced morality to relativism, a utilitarian calculus devoid of true reason.

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Human Alienation & Our Biotech Future

Christopher Beiting

October 2007

In a future dominated by a technology that doesn’t make us any happier or less alienated, we fallen beings will have to make an effort to acquire virtue and the spiritual life.

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The Baby-Making Industry

GUEST COLUMN

Michael S. Rose

September 2007

The multi-billion dollar artificial-procreation industry is little more than the sick commodification of babies in a throw-away culture.

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Bio-Luddites & the Secularist Rapture
November 2003

Coming soon to a theater near you: cyborgs. Not on the screen but sitting next to you in the audience.

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Further Proof of Bush's Betrayal On Embryonic Stem Cells

GUEST COLUMN

Patrick Delaney

July/August 2002

Christians and pro-lifers need to wake up to the betrayal by politicians who advance immoral researchers' agendas in an incremental, yet deliberate fashion.

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The Surrender of Culture to Technology

Will Hoyt

May 1995

Guardini anticipates the appearance of biotechnology and predicts that the loss of reverence "toward the person qua person" will be the principal mark of the world to come.

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